Serbia has failed to comply with three packages of European Union sanctions related to the fight against terrorism, as well as sanctions against individuals from Iran due to that country’s role in the war in Syria and Ukraine.
The Cabinet of EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell has issued three separate announcements confirming which countries have complied with the latest sanctions from Brussels.
The sanctions against Iran relate to the country’s support for what the announcement calls “Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine.” The Council of the EU has decided to add five individuals involved in the development and supply of unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia to the list of sanctioned individuals.
When it comes to Syria, the Council of the EU assesses that Iran provides military support to the Syrian regime, therefore the decision was made to add a person involved in the development and delivery of air defense systems to Syria to the list of natural and legal, persons subject to restrictive measures.
The third set of counterterrorism-related sanctions dates back to 2001 and is updated as needed with new names of individuals believed to be actively engaged in these activities. In this regard, the list was updated in July with 13 new individuals and 21 organizations.
All other countries of the Western Balkans as well as member countries of the European Economic Area have agreed to these sanctions.
“These countries will ensure that their national policies are in line with these Council decisions. “The European Union takes this engagement into account and welcomes it,” three Borelli statements said.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Serbia’s level of harmonization with the EU’s common foreign policy has declined dramatically, as it has not imposed sanctions against Russia.
Moreover, Serbia does not impose sanctions on countries that actively support aggression against Ukraine, such as Iran or Belarus.
For this reason, Serbia has made no progress in accession negotiations for almost two years. /Geopost/